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Dr. Shamkumar Nambulli, a researcher from the Center for Vaccine Research, worked on the delivery of the nanobodies to hamsters to fight against COVID-19 and neutralize the virus’ effect on the body.

Pitt researchers discover possible new COVID-19 treatment

By Shreya Joshi, For The Pitt News July 14, 2021
Pitt researchers published a scientific paper detailing the idea of delivering nanobodies — antibodies derived from mammals in the camel family and 10 times smaller than traditional human antibodies — to hamsters who were severely infected by COVID-19.
Diwaker Davar, M.D., medical oncologist and member of the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Fecal matter fights cancer: UPMC researchers look to improve immunotherapy techniques

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
A group of more than 20 scientists at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute demonstrated a new way of advancing immunotherapy through fecal matter transplants.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pitt’s Dr. Yi Shi and Dr. Paul Duprex discussed the potential of nanobodies isolated from Wally the llama’s blood as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.

Pitt researchers find COVID-19 breakthrough in llama nanobodies

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Yi Shi, an assistant professor of cell biology, is using antibodies from an unconventional source to develop a COVID-19 treatment — Wally the llama.
Pitt is a large, research-intensive institution with a sizable STEM focus, including 76 STEM departments, seven schools with a STEM focus and nearly 4,500 STEM faculty.

Pitt joins program to increase diversity, inclusivity in STEM faculty

By Millicent Watt, For The Pitt News November 2, 2020
Pitt — along with 18 other universities across the country — was selected to join the three-year Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty program.
An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.

Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.
Pitt Hydroponics members work to construct and maintain PVC-pipe hydroponic systems in Homewood, a City neighborhood about 10 minutes east of Oakland.

Hydroponics in Homewood: Pitt students at the farm next door

By Priya Ray, For The Pitt News February 20, 2020
Besides numerous health benefits, produce such as kale, lettuce and parsley all share one thing in common — Pitt Hydroponics club has already farmed enough of these vegetables to overflow local food pantries.
NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program chose Pitt students Marissa Defallo and Nikolas Vostal’s aluminum corrosion experiment to fly this summer to the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Pitt students reach new heights with NASA

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer February 17, 2020
When Marissa Defallo, a junior mechanical engineering major, worked at American Airlines for her engineering co-op, she spent a lot of time working with aluminum. Airplanes, as well as satellites, are made of the material because it is lightweight and flexible. When looking for an experiment to be performed onboard the space station, she instinctively began to think about the material that makes up the better part of the satellite — aluminum.
Pitt students won third place in the InnovateFPGA 2019 Global Design Contest Regional Final with an American Sign Language-to-text translator prototype.

Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer November 21, 2019
The students recently placed in a competition with a prototype of their translator, which takes a video of a word being signed and translates it using an ever-learning algorithm.
Pitt’s marching band uses a phone app instead of paper to share sheet music.

Pitt band “flips” out for student-designed sheet music app

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer October 7, 2019
EFlipFolder, an app created by Pitt student Marcus Dubreuil, allowed the Pitt band to smoothly ditch sheet music in favor of electric music.
Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor August 29, 2019
Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.
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